So it’s safe to say winter has been in full swing for a few months now, and I always find January a particularly challenging month (as most people do) The dark mornings and evenings seem endless, the mud is pretty spectacular, and even though we know spring is only just around the corner, right now is just plain hard work.
Over the years we all find ways to cope to help us survive the equestrian lifestyle, battling the elements when “normal folk” just stay indoors. The weather app is our best friend and it’s checked on average about 456 times a day. We hang on for dear life when our fresh, clipped horses who are on limited turnout bounce around the arena or we go for a hack that can be truly petrifying.
Unfortunately, there’s nothing we can do apart from grin and bear it, enjoy it as much as we can, and know that spring is going to arrive soon(ish).In the meantime, I thought I’d share with you some of my favourite products that are my go-to’s in winter.
Shapley’s Easy Out- No Rinse Shampoo
My pony loves to be dirty. He loves a good roll in the mud, he will happily use his poo’s as pillows, and he’s quite scurfy in general. This stuff keeps me sane in the winter, simply spray it onto a towel and then rub onto your horse. Like most people, I’m regularly pushed for time so I find this a really quick way of keeping him clean. My boy has got quite sensitive skin but this has never irritated him, and trust me, I use it a lot!
Lincoln Pig Oil Spray
As I mentioned, my boy loves nothing more than to roll in the mud, and he manages to give himself a face mask with it as well. He really does look quite impressive with how he manages to get the mud so caked on! I find pig oil on his legs, a bit on his tail and even a spritz on his head really help prevent the mud from really sticking. It’s much easier to wipe off or rinse off.
Naf Sheer Luxe Leather Cleanse & Condition and Sheer Luxe Leather Balsam
I love these products all year round but find in winter my tack really benefits from these luxurious moisturisers that keep the leather soft and supple when they get rained on, or the tack room is damp. Plus they smell amazing. So much so that rats on into my tack room and ate my girth straps! I can only assume it was because of the leather balms! I have new girth straps and my saddle is now somewhere the rats can’t reach…lesson learnt!
A good desiccant pack
Put a Desiccant pack in your bridle bag. The little packs you find in packs of clothing are great to stick into your bridle bad. They help absorb damp, as I’ve found many tack rooms get damp in winter and as a result, you can get mouldy tack. Obviously keeping your tack clean and dry is the main this, but these little bags do help as well!
O’Keefe’s Skin repair body lotion
Dry hands have got to be something all equestrians struggle with. I wear gloves religiously for riding and yard chores, but the cold and wet weather still takes its toll. I’ve tried many different creams over the years, and although this one might not be the most glamorous, I’ve found it the best. I put it on every night before bed, and my hands are much less sore than normal. It also works a treat on your feet too! As after all the cleaning of my horse and tack, I think I need a bit of TLC too!
So these are my top 5 products that support my equestrian lifestyle in winter. If any of you have any other go-to products, I’d love to hear about them. Feel free to drop me a message at firstname.lastname@example.org
Please note these are purely recommendations based on my personal opinion. I am not affiliated with the companies mentioned above.